The Merritt Centennials have acquired goaltender Josh Dias (00) from the Lloydminster Bobcats of the AJHL in exchange for forward Chase Nameth (00).
Dias, a Surrey, BC native, shouldered a heavy work load with the Bobcats getting into 42 games, sporting a record of 8-30-3 with a 3.77 GAA and a .900 SV%. The Bobcats finished the season as the last place team in the AJHL's North Division finishing with a record of 11-41-6. Dias spent the previous season with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons and was 8-8-3 through 20 games of action while putting up a 3.08 GAA and a .896 SV%.
Head Coach and General Manager Derek Sweet-Coulter says Dias has all the qualities to be a starter.
"Josh is a proven starting goalie at the Jr. A level and a work horse who started 40 games last season. The experience he will bring to the team will be a welcome asset."
Nameth was a regular in the Centennials line up last season getting into 54 games. He was able to supply 8 goals and 14 assists while providing some sand paper with 53 penalty minutes.
Parts of the team along with Darius Sam will be active this Saturday from 10am - 2pm at a drive thru bottle drive on Voght Street and Nicola Ave.